Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Prairie Muffins is a term used by some conservative evangelical Christians in the United States to refer to married women who choose to pursue what they hold as the biblical role of women as quiet homemakers who protect the innocence of their children. The idea is taken from the New Testament passage in Titus 2:4-5:
Admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. NKJV
The origin of the term stems from an incident when R.C. Sproul, Jr. in a good-natured, joking, and in-passing manner referred to his wife as a "Prairie Muffin." The term is proudly worn by those who self-define as such, although people who see the term and its lifestyle as form of patriarchy may use it as a pejorative. The husbands of those who self-define as Prairie Muffins sometimes refer to themselves as "Prairie Dawgs". Prairie Muffin women are likely to be Quiverfull, homeschoolers, and to live in a rural area.
References: Are you a Prairie Muffin?, Prairie Muffin Update: So Called "Biblical Patriarchy" on the Rise, The Prairie Muffin Manifesto by Carmon Friedrich, The Prairie Muffin Quiz. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Prairie Muffins". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.